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How long does the coffee in the coffee maker last in good condition?

Food blogs are getting more and more popular these days. Lovers of freshly roasted coffee drink with stimulating properties, one of the most consumed in the world, know that there is nothing like savouring a good freshly brewed coffee and if it is also made with a quality bean ground instantly, each sip can be a true foodie experience.

Said like this, it sounds very appetizing, but when preparing it, it is not always easy to get the right amount of coffee right, so saving what is left over, to drink it at another time, is a common practice. In addition, many prefer to get up and have it done, ready for breakfast.

  • Every hour counts

It is not easy to give an exact answer to the question of how long the coffee made lasts because just as everyone has their ‘secret’ way of preparing it, there are also the most varied theories about how long it lasts in good condition.

The generally accepted general idea is that it is at its optimal point for fresh consumption or in a period not exceeding one or two hours. It must be taken into account that, once ground and in contact with water for the necessary filtering, the different substances that the grain contains: proteins, lipids and alkaloids, mainly caffeine, due to the different chemical reactions that take place, will reach the water to give body to this drink. In this filtering time, the coffee ‘displays’ all its organoleptic properties, those that define its aroma and flavour. Inevitably, the passage of time will gradually make the particular aroma disappear and, in addition, contact with the air will cause the caffeine oxidation process to continue slowly.

  • Can it get ‘bad’?

Especially if we talk about breakfast, it is very normal to take advantage of the one that was left in the coffee maker the day before. There are no studies that indicate that this frequent habit can be harmful in any way. Of course, if for health reasons, your doctor indicates that you should not drink coffee, you should do without it whether it is freshly made or if it is the one that was leftover yesterday.

From one day to the next, coffee, in general, will not be bad, but its aroma and flavour will leave much to be desired. Even so, when it comes to storing this ready-made drink to drink the next morning, it is important to keep it in a closed container, preferably in a thermos, not only to try to maintain its properties but also to prevent it from falling into the drink. Particles of all kinds, from dust to any tiny debris accidentally dropped while preparing a recipe in the kitchen. An airtight container will promote better conservation and avoid any type of cross-contamination.

As a general idea, storing coffee for more than two days is not advisable not only as a precautionary measure but because the slightly bitter taste of this drink will probably be accentuated as the days go by. Depending on the variety of the grain, it can become really strong and even unpleasant on the palate.

Common sense will make it easy for you to identify if the coffee has enough guaranteed to drink it safely. A strange smell or an abnormal hue are enough clues to decide to discard it.

  • What if I keep it in the fridge?

As with almost all foods, coffee will also maintain its unalterable characteristics for longer when stored in the refrigerator (2 – 3 days), but any coffee expert will tell you that the problem is to reheat it, because that sudden change in temperatures cold -heat, especially if done directly with the help of the microwave, can end up spoiling any hint of good flavour.

In this case, you have ideas to take advantage of the coffee without having to reheat it. In the classic frappe coffee, with crushed ice, in cold desserts, for example accompanying a mint and chocolate ice cream or in original shakes, such as one based on berries with strawberry syrup and a touch of coffee, they are just some of the possible options. especially appetizing in the summer months.

If you are one of those who ‘need’ a coffee immediately just raised and you are going to use the one that was left from yesterday, when heating it, do it preferably in a saucepan and an ultra-low heat to avoid burning and taste ‘like rays ‘.

In any case, choose a coffee maker that suits your needs, taking into account who you are at home. A successful option will allow you to enjoy a good coffee, made daily, calculating the quantities well so that you only have enough.

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